GDLive Newsfeed
We check in with people at each stage of the cash transfer process to see how things are going. Take a look at some of their stories as they appear here in real-time. Learn more about how recipients opt in to share their stories.
Kevin's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Kevin received a $531 second payment.
"I managed to take my daughter to a private school where there is quality education and she has really improved on her academic performance. I never had an opportunity to get better education and therefore would not like that my children go through the mistake again. Education is light and I feel ashamed that I lack any skills to compete for the job opportunities that has made life very challenging to me. I bought a water pump that I intend to use for horticultural farming. I have a piece of land that borders a permanent river that I would like to irrigate during dry season when there is scarcity of vegetables, onions and tomatoes. There are two schools and a local market neaby that I am targeting as potential consumers. As a young, vibrant and self driven man, this will be my self-employment and also other villagers that I shall contract for casual labor. I bought a solar lighting system, this has saved me a lot from the daily budget of paraffin which at times was never enough. My children can nowardays have their studies and do homework without any worries of lamps going off like before when I used tin lamps. "
Roselyne's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Roselyne received a $23 twelfth payment.
"I recently used my transfers to buy a solar lighting system and we no longer have to use a smoky lantern for lighting. This is quite exciting for my children who can now do their homework with ease."
Jennifer's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Jennifer received a $451 second payment.
"My life is different in that I now sleep comfortably under an iron roofed house with solar lighting .Unlike before I had to pay Kerosene to light at night."
Jenifer's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Jenifer received a $461 second payment.
"My life is different in that I now own apiece of land, paid my school fees for my children and my children can now read at night because there is solar lighting which was not the case before I received unconditional cash transfers from GD."
Jesca's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Jesca received a $454 second payment.
"My life is now different in that my house looks good and able since I was able repair it and solar lighting I bought helps my in their night revision. Unlike before, my house was almost collapsing and my children had no lighting for night reading."
Davies's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Davies received a $528 second payment.
"GiveDirectly has lit the candle of hope in the lives of many people in this community. The organization does not discriminate people and works with high level of transparency, integrity and confidentiality. The mode of transfer is very safe and accurate. I have not heard of complaints from recipients about theft or any other misfortunes. GiveDirectly has enabled people to afford more meals in a day. In this community, people thought that breakfast could only be taken in towns, but nowadays, everyone takes it. We walk strong and healthier than before. People have built good houses, cleared fee arrears, bought livestock, mattresses and solar lightning system. The village looks like a small town at night since most people have bought a solar lighting system. People are happy. I have no observation on what GiveDirectly never did well."
David's family
access_time over 5 years ago
David received a $522 second payment.
"My life is different in that my children no longer miss to do their homework for lack of kerosene because of the reliable solar light that I bought using the cash transfer. There is a lot of peace in my marriage because I do not leave the house in the evening to watch the news in the local center because we can now watch the news together with my family at home. There is also my two cows that I bought, the joy that in few months time I shall start milking is great. I would have not been able to buy such quality grade cattle without the Givedirectly transfer since all the cash I earned from the casual work in the sugarcane farms always ended up in buying food for the family."
Rough's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Rough received a $522 second payment.
"I have withdrawn the second transfer and spent it on purchase of a new motorcycle. This has become my source of self-employment that I have full control over. Unlike the previous case where I used to hire other people's motorcycles and get paid on commission basis, nowadays I take the whole income home. This has enabled me to send my children to a boarding school where they have really improved on their academic performance. I have also spent the remaining part of the transfer to buy a solar lighting system. My children nowadays have enough light to study and do their homework. Solar light is also very safe and cost effective compared to tin lamps that would sometimes go off due to lack of paraffin."
Lucia's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Lucia received a $522 second payment.
"It has always been my ambition to live a better life. I spent the transfer on purchase of two cows that I hope will provide me with milk and improve my household nutrition. I also intend to sell the surplus milk and use the money to pay fees for my grandchildren. I also spent the remaining part in buying a solar lighting system. This has enabled me to save a lot on money that I initially used to buy paraffin. Solar light is also clean and efficient as it has no respiratory infection related ailments as compared to smoky tin lamps."
Jane's family
access_time over 5 years ago
Jane enrolled.
"Receiving this money means I will be able to buy new bedding, I will buy chairs and buy solar that I will use to light the house. Since I do not have a reliable source of income, I find it very expensive to be buying kerosene every evening to light the house and I could not raise enough money to buy solar, this transfer is going to enable me achieve this milestone. It will also help my grandchildren because they will study using the solar light. For a long time I have slept on torn mattress with old blanket that I always felt ashamed when visited with my sisters, I will also be able to buy new mattress and blankets. I have lived with the embarrassment of having guests sitting on very old chairs in my house, I will be able to buy chairs. And to ensure I get continued supply of money, I will use the second transfer to buy cows that after a short time shall deliver and I will be able to milk them. Part of the milk will be used by the family while the rest we will sell to get money to by food for the family and save for fees of my grandchildren."
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